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Summary

The Lays of Althas: Sundered Order is a single-player, medieval-low-fantasy RPG being developed by Epoch Games, utilizing Epic Game's Unreal Engine 4, for Windows PCs. The game will feature an expansive, living world that will evolve and grow by itself, instead of revolving around the player’s actions.
The game is currently planned to be released Chapter by Chapter, with each bringing new regional content and gameplay features.





The World of Althas

As old orders crumble and new powers rise, it is time for you to forge your destiny.
Ever since it's early history, Althas has been a land shaken by conflicts. In the early days, these conflicts pitted the Anointed Kingdoms of Men against dark and demonic forces that threatened them. However, with the passage of time, the world has changed: the Anointed order is eroding away and new powers are rising. Another war looms on the horizon, a war of personal and political motivation. Thenodar, a burgeoning new kingdom in the North, and Anorthile, one of the last of the three remaining Anointed Kingdoms, now prepare for a war that will shake all of Althas. Old demons and new enemies gather in the shadows of both lands as each sets their sights on the ruined wilderness known as the Feralands.


Gameplay Mechanics

There are many features we aim for in The Lays of Althas: SO. The game is in the early stages of development, so many of the features listed below are subject to change:
    • Open World: Adventure on the continent of Althas. A large, open-world awaits the player with full freedom to explore. Regions will be released via Chapters.

    • Deep Lore: The world of Althas has a rich history which is represented throughout the game. Interact with environments, NPCs, and as well as read through in-game books to learn more about the world.

    • Dynamic and Active World: Instead of a world that revolves around the player, we are creating a world where the player must learn to revolve around it. This approach will allow for date-based events to occur in Althas, even if you aren’t around to see them.

    • Adaptive Skill-based Combat: The game aims for a skill-based, first-person, system. Giving the player full control over melee swings and stabs, as well as engaging ranged combat and stealth.

    • Magic: Magic is a rare ability that the player will have to work hard to unlock in the Sundered Order period of Althas. When utilized correctly, it possesses a myriad of usages that can be extremely beneficial.

    • Dynamic Factions and Wars: Factions will make decisions and go to war with each other. Battles happen dynamically, according to the timeline and based on causes-and-effects within the game.


Epoch Games

The Lays of Althas: Sundered Order is being developed by Epoch Games, an all-volunteer group from all across the world. We are dedicated to making this game as great as possible, and to make Althas a truly epic RPG experience. Being volunteers, we’re doing this for free - our motivation comes from our desire to create great games. Members of Epoch Games hail from all over the world; we are an international group, with members from the Americas, Europe, and Asia, all working together online to bring you the best game experience we can. Visit our DB page.
For more news and discussion, please visit our official forums. If you're interested in joining the Epoch Games team, please post a thread in our Applications subforum. Can't contribute the time required for such a position? We are also allowing fans to help us in the game's development: you can become a contributor by going to the Public Claims subforum and claiming an open assignment. No help is too small!


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Faesholt

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Hey Althas Fans. It has certainly been awhile since we’ve done one of these, but we are proud to present our first set of screenshots in Unreal Engine 4: a brief walk through Faesholt, a forest in northeastern Thenodar.


Faesholt Forest

Bordrand slowly walked through the forest, the small leather-wrapped parcel still in his hand, as he tried to gather his thoughts and steady himself. He had long found solace under the eaves of Faesholt, the forest he had walked and known since his childhood. He remembered in the warm, peaceful days of his youth, the times he had spent with his brother Cédrisc wandering under the shade of the evergreen oaks. He remembered the time he had spent walking its paths during the long night watches, learning that the shadows of the forest were the friend of both his allies and his enemies.

Faesholt Forest

But on the whole Faesholt had been the source of life and livelihood for his family and his home, the town of Bordrima. The strong wood of the trees had furnished them with strong materials for building and valuable goods to trade. The forest had also sheltered them, acting as their eastern wall against their enemies. In the forest his family had also found great blessings. It was here Cédrisc found Morgen, his wife, a joy in his brother’s life matched only by the birth of their daughter, Selen.

Faesholt Forest

But the forest had at times brought danger as well. As Thenodar had grown to the south, Clan Wulfas had spread its influence into the forest, it’s scouts and raiders stealthily prowling under its branches. It was here that he was ultimately driven to leave his family, to journey south to fight in the wars. And now he was back, drawn home once again by events in the forest.

Faesholt Forest

Bordrand looked up at the eaves, the late afternoon sunlight filtering through the green leaves, a sight that was in conflict with the cool winds of autumn. The forest had taken as much life as it had given. It had given his family great wealth, and yet also cost them dearly. But through it all the forest remained changeless, it’s evergreen leaves persisting through fall and winter, through war and peace.

As his mind lingered on the losses of the last few years, he gripped tighter the parcel he held in his hand. He unwrapped it and looked down at a brooch of gold shaped in a four pointed star, a glimmering red sunstone set in the center. For a moment he stood there, the cool breeze whispering among the trees around him. Should he tell her? Was she ready to know?


In other news, we are doing a weekly blog series on our main website, which will be small informal updates: from concept art, to 3D models and animations, and even writing. Don’t worry, we will still post our big updates here on IndieDb, but if you’re dying to keep up with development, we recommend you keep an eye out over there.

The Epoch Games Team

The Hawk and the Stone: Chapter 1

The Hawk and the Stone: Chapter 1

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The first chapter of the short story series "The Hawk and the Stone".

Meet the Team: 3D Modelers

Meet the Team: 3D Modelers

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The fourth installment in the "Meet the Team" series where we'll be introducing you to the Epoch Games team. Today we'll be meeting the four modelers...

Althas is Upgrading Engines!

Althas is Upgrading Engines!

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In this week's update, we'll be announcing to you(our beloved fans) the successful switch over to the new engine. The progress since the switch, and what...

Meet the Team: Concept Art - Part 2

Meet the Team: Concept Art - Part 2

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The third installment in the "Meet the Team" series where we'll be introducing you to the Epoch Games team. This week we'll be meeting the remaining five...

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The Hawk and the Stone: Chapter 1

The Hawk and the Stone: Chapter 1

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This is the first chapter of "The Hawk and the Stone" in a .pdf file. Download and you can open it with e-reader apps like the Kindle app and of course...

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Mask_Lord
Mask_Lord

I sent you a message with some links and stuff :)

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lnsanity
lnsanity

Replied!

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Guest
Guest

Just one question?Dragons?Are they gonna be in-game?

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lnsanity
lnsanity

I can neither confirm nor deny any rumors about dragons.
But having said that, the game is low-fantasy, so don't expect to see dragons and griffons and whatnot gallivanting around the place.

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Mask_Lord
Mask_Lord

Hello to EPOCH games and the "Lays of Althas: Sundered Order" team.

To be honest I was just looking for a LOTRs conversion mod for Skyrim and (believe it or not) stumbled upon your page at ModDB! After a bit of research another user pointed my in this direction. Now, I'm not here to ponder the past but enjoy the creative opportunity this game has. Being brand new to this project I don't know much about it but I'm non the less interested/I like new and active thing ;)

So to get to the point : [Read this with a light heart and pardon the drama ;)]

I'm a 3'rd year student in high-school trying to get experience in game building but I lack the necessities to keep me on track : (work friends, projects, community, acceptable internet connection ect.) Really, I'm the only one in town who wants to "Make Games" and is willing to do the "tough stuff" to make it happen.

Why am I telling you all this? Well, I'm simply curious if you could

1) use any (amateur) level help on some simple modeling projects ((( even if they are just concept ideas unlikely to make it into the game )))

2) know of another team project that could use my self motivated ambition.

*I have some mild experience making operable projects using Unity 3D and Scratch.mit.edu

*Would you please list some other application I should familiarize myself with to get "Up to date"


Thank you for reading :)

Aside from replying, You can contact me on twitter @Ma5k_Lord where I'll offer my Email via message.

-Mask Lord

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Mask_Lord
Mask_Lord

Thanks again and good luck

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lnsanity
lnsanity

Hi there!

Thanks for your interest in our project... do you have a portfolio of any kind we can look at?

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names_are_useless Creator
names_are_useless

Hey guys, don't fret, we are making progress, we just want to wait until we have something in a more presentable state.

In the meantime, please consider voting for us for Indie of the Year 2015 :)

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ElfFriend
ElfFriend

Already voted :D

Also I wouldn't mind seeing unfinished or boring work since it would indicate that you guys are still working on LoA, however I understand why you wouldn't want to show stuff off until they are done and interesting.

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bjenner
bjenner

Hows it going guys!

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lnsanity
lnsanity

Pretty good! How about you?

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Aug 28 2015

Check out our new blog post about team organization and communication ! Can't make a game without that ! T.co

Aug 24 2015

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Aug 24 2015

I've seen an apparition from the Flying Spaghetti Monster... -Dan T.co

Aug 11 2015

Dev blog time! This week we take a look at some reference photography used for Faesholt. T.co

Aug 3 2015

Check out the new dev blog about the animation in Lays of Althas using the incredible Unreal Engine 4! T.co

Aug 3 2015

Check out the new dev blogs! #4:Lays of Althas's new conversation system #5:Lays of Althas's new timed quest feature! T.co

Jul 2 2015

Hello everyone! Check out our latest update: screenshots of the beautiful Faesholt Forest! T.co

Jun 29 2015

Hello everyone! Check out the new blog post and, learn the first step of making any type of game, communication! T.co

Jun 24 2015

Blog time! Our 2D Art Lead discusses village architecture in this week's Epoch Games Blog post. T.co

Jun 18 2015

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